One thing that Republicans and Democrats have in common is a parallel disbelief over how the other side’s politicians get away with telling so many fibs, distortions, and outright lies.
But one reason politicians tell tales is that their supporters will usually believe whatever they want to hear — even if what they hear turns out to be false.
The Washington Post does a great job summarizing research showing that people tend to say “thanks, but no thanks” to the truth when it corrects a fib that meshes with what they already believe.
More interestingly, sometimes a factual correction only serves to reinforce misinformed beliefs, according to a study by political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler.
That’s something to keep in mind as the presidential campaign races through its final 40 days.
(Hat tip: The Monkey Cage)